Past Event

Cultural Sustainability and the Pursuit of Community II

The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State? logoHow can urban and rural communities sustain their defining cultural features while also being culturally inclusive?

How can they maintain their cultural distinctiveness and vitality and their sense of place in the face of economic, technological, and social changes?

Is it possible to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship between cultural conservation and economic development, or are those two pursuits intrinsically opposed?

Urban and rural communities throughout Illinois regularly confront issues that relate in one way or another to cultural sustainability and the pursuit of community. Six panelists – three from rural settings, three from urban settings – who have addressed such issues in their communities will discuss these questions and more.

In doing so, they will draw upon their own experiences as well as Part I of “Philadelphia Flowers,” a poem by Roberta Hill (1996). Members of the audience will have opportunities to participate in the conversation, as well. The rural counterpart to this event took place in Pittsfield on September 18, 2018.

Doors open and refreshments available: 5:30 PM

This event is part of “The Country and the City program: Common Ground in the Prairie State?,” a year-long, statewide initiative will feature text-based discussions of issues that affect both rural and urban Illinois communities, involving panelists who are well-versed in those issues from both perspectives.

For more information, please contact Matt Meacham at or (618) 468-5580.